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Our Story

           The goal of all accredited Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. The Gordon County Child Advocacy Center was created in 2014 to serve child victims and their non-offending caregivers with forensic interviews and advocacy. The GCCAC was a safe, child-friendly, neutral location for investigators. It is also where children and their non-offending family can receive support, crisis intervention, and referrals for mental health and medical treatment.

         

  

Agencies such as Gordon County District Attorney's Office, Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun Police Department, and Gordon County Division of Family and Children Services, came together to create the center in order to reduce trauma and better serve children.

In 2021, the CAC added a medical program to their services, offering forensic medical exams with specially  trained nurses. In 2022, we became a sexual assault center, serving across the lifespan and offering a 24 hour hotline.​

Since that time, the center has grown to add therapy, forensic medical exams, education and training to the community. It is our goal to provide a safe, comfortable, and trauma-informed environment for victims of all ages --and their famlies-- when allegations of abuse arise.

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What Guides Us

OUR MISSION

The mission of The Gordon County Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center is to compassionately respond to victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect as well as adult victims of sexual assault by helping them and their families heal through the coordination and provision of comprehensive services.

OUR VISION

The vision of the Gordon County Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center is to grow as a trusted community resource and safe space where victims of all ages can feel supported on their journey to healing after trauma and abuse.

OUR VALUES

The Gordon County Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center C.A.R.E.S.

(C)ollaboration: We model effective collaboration across our organization and community partners. Our collaboration is built on respect-- for each other, survivors and our shared vision to eliminate abuse and assault.

(A)dvocacy: We are passionate in our pursuit of healing, justice and abuse prevention. The voices of survivors are heard at our center, and we recognize our responsibility and duty to amplify them.

(R)espect: We serve children, adults, and families with compassion, empathy, and respect. The survivors we cross paths with are at the heart of everything we do. They come first, always.

(E)xcellence: We uphold a culture of integrity and excellence. We take pride in our work knowing it is built on a commitment to honesty and best practices.

(S)olidarity: We celebrate teamwork, nurture trust and prioritize self-care. We know our staff is our most valuable asset, and we take care of them so they can take care of our clients.

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